Latest News: Upcoming Seminars!

We have quite a few upcoming seminars and series for you. Please take a look at what’s coming in the next several weeks.

February 24: Relaxing into Mindfulness with Matthew Daniell

In this retreat, we will employ strategies that help us to open and receive experience from a place of interest, curiosity, and ease. This helps us to relax into a spacious clarity of mindfulness that we can bring into formal practice and our daily lives.

February 25: Long Form Refinements with Chris Himmel

This seminar is a continuation of our previous Long Form Refinements Seminar. We will focus on the second half of Part 2 as well as Part 3. Students do not need to have attended the previous seminar, but should be familiar with the entire Long Form sequence.

March 1 - 22: Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan Series with Chris Himmel

This 4-week series will be on the beginning of the Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan form created by Li Deyin, and taught to us by Sifu Gary LaChapelle. The series format will allow for more detailed instruction on the movements in the beginning of the form.

March 9: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones 

This morning retreat is designed as both an introduction to Insight meditation for newcomers and as a “beginner’s mind” refresher course for experienced meditators.

March 10: Sunrise Tai Chi Form with Chris Himmel

The 8-movement Sunrise Tai Chi created by Master Ramel Rones is an effective Qigong practice and introduction to the traditional Yang Style Long Form. It can be practiced in a small space, and is done on both sides of the body.

March 13 - 27: Bagua Circle Walking with Chris Himmel

Bagua Circle Walking has its origins in Daoist meditation practices. Bagua has become known as an excellent health exercise, as its coiling movements stretch the soft tissues of the body, and the method of walking exercises the lymphatic system.

March 23: The Art of Learning to Suffer Well with Matthew Daniell

In this retreat we will explore for ourselves how to approach suffering as a natural parts of the fullness of being alive. Buddhist awareness and compassion practices can help to accept, embrace, and transform suffering in our lives and in the world.

March 24: Advanced Tai Chi Ball with Chris Himmel

This seminar will review basic Tai Chi Ball patterns and the Tai Chi Ball form, and then go into more complex patterns and advanced level exercises and form refinements. 2 years of Tai Chi Ball practice is recommended. Proficiency with basic Tai Chi Ball patterns and the form is required.
As you can see, there is plenty coming up! We hope to see you in class, or at one of the seminars or series listed above.
 
Happy Practicing!

Lunar New Year Celebration

Don’t forget that we have our Lunar New Year celebration planned for Saturday, February 10. We will be offering refreshments and a chance to socialize with other members of our community starting at 4:00pm, followed by a screening of Enter the Dragon at 6:30pm. We hope you will join us!

January Reminders!

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

Just a reminder about all the events we have coming up in addition to our regular classes. Take a look and see what you are interested in!

Jan 9: Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids with Stacie

Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids with Stacie Bowman begins on January 9 at 4:00pm. First class is Free! Email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com for more information or to register! You may also click the below link to learn more.

Jan 9: Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie

Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie Bowman begins on January 9 at 5:30pm and runs for 8 weeks.

January 10: Tai Chi Ball Practice 8-Week Series with Chris and Pam

Chris Himmel and Pam Jacobson will offer an 8-week series on Tai Chi Ball practice. This series will allow for in-depth instruction in the basic Tai Chi Ball Qigong patterns and the Tai Chi Ball Form created by Paul Mahoney. Wooden ball practice is a great way to enhance your barehand form. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at Internal Arts New England beginning January 10.

January 13: Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion with Effie and Pam

On Saturday, January 13, please join Pam Jacobson and Effie Stavrulaki of North Shore Insight Meditation Center as they continue to explore Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion. The focus of this workshop will be on Peace and Loving Kindness. This seminar will take place at 10:30am at Internal Arts New England.

January 14: New Tai Chi Push Hands Class with Chris

Beginning on Sunday, January 14, Chris will offer a new class on Tai Chi Push Hands. While Push Hands is taught as part of our Long Form curriculum, this class will be an opportunity for extra practice or for students not currently taking Long Form to learn these skills. This class is open to anyone regardless of experience. The focus will be on standard 2-person drills and centering. Opportunities for competition style Push Hands practice will also be available for anyone interested. Classes will meet every Sunday at 8:00am at Internal Arts New England, and are included in the regular Great Bay Tai Chi MA membership packages.

January 25: Tai Chi and Anatomy with Kevin Comeau

On Thursday, January 25, Kevin Comeau of Great Bay Tai Chi VT will hold a seminar on Tai Chi and Anatomy. We will meet at 11:15 at Internal Arts New England. This seminar will give us a better understanding of how our practices work on an anatomical level. 

January 27: Compassion and Wisdom with Matthew Daniell

On Saturday, January 27, Matthew Daniell of North Shore Insight Meditation Center returns to Internal Arts New England for a retreat focusing on Compassion and Wisdom. This workshop will take place at 10:30am.

January 28: Doyle Irish Stick Fighting with Jim Poulin

On January 28 at 10:00am Jim Poulin will offer a seminar on Doyle Style Irish Stick Fighting. This art uses a walking stick (Shillelagh) for self defense. Jim is the only instructor of this art in the area. Don’t miss this great opportunity to try this fun and effective self defense method! Just a few spots left!

February 4: Yin Baguazhang with Michael D'Angelo

Our Yin Style Bagua Seminar that was planned for January 7 has been rescheduled to February 4. Yin Style is a different flavor of the Baguazhang we teach in our Wudang Kung Fu class. Those who participated the last time Michael joined us all had great fun and had new ideas regarding the martial applications of the art.

February 10: Lunar New Year Celebration

We are also still working on plans for Lunar New Year on February 10. More information coming soon!

That’s all your Tai Chi news for now. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Happy Practicing!

Latest News: Looking Ahead to 2024!

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

 As December comes to an end we are looking ahead to many new offerings in 2024.

100 Day Challenge

As always at this time of year, we encourage you to consider taking part in a 100 Day Challenge. More specific than a New Year’s Resolution, these challenges are one particular thing you can do each day. Previous challenges taken on by members of the community include practicing a specific form, and daily Qigong. Committing to a specific daily practice for 100 days is a great way to give yourself a focus or make significant progress on a particular skill. If you would like to share your challenge and progress, we are happy to keep a chart up at Internal Arts New England.

Here is what’s coming up in the weeks ahead:

New Year's Pop-Up Class with Pam Jacobson

Pam Jacobson’s Holiday Pop-Up Class scheduled for 12/26 has been moved to 12/31. Please join her at 9:00am for holiday decompression and re-centering for the New Year. Also please note that these pop-up classes are not intended to be instructional and therefore are not recommended for beginners or students new to Great Bay Tai Chi.

December 27: Resuming Our Reguarly Scheduled Classes

As of now we plan to resume our regular class schedule on Wednesday, 12/27. If there are any further changes to the schedule, we will update you as soon as possible. There will still be no morning classes on Monday, 1/1.

Here is what is coming up in January:

January 5: 7-week Yang Style Matching Set Series with Chris Himmel

Chris will be offering a 7-week series on the Yang Style Matching Set. This 2-person form is a fun way to work with a partner and get an understanding of Tai Chi Martial Applications. This series will focus on Parts 1&2 of the form. Experienced students can refine a side they already know, or work on learning their second side. Classes will meet on Fridays at 11:00am at Internal Arts New England beginning on January 5.

January 7: New Class! Tai Chi Push Hands with Chris Himmel

Beginning on Sunday, January 7, Chris will offer a new class on Tai Chi Push Hands. While Push Hands is taught as part of our Long Form curriculum, this class will be an opportunity for extra practice or for students not currently taking Long Form to learn these skills. This class is open to anyone regardless of experience. The focus will be on standard 2-person drills and centering. Opportunities for competition style Push Hands practice will also be available for anyone interested. Classes will meet every Sunday at 8:00am, and are included in the regular Great Bay Tai Chi MA membership packages.

January 7: Yin Style Baguazhang with Michael D'Angelo

Michael D’Angelo returns to Internal Arts New England for a seminar on Yin Style Bagua on January 7, 10:00am-12:00pm. Yin Style is a different flavor of the Baguazhang we teach in our Wudang Kung Fu class. Those who participated the last time Michael joined us all had great fun and had new ideas regarding the martial applications of the art.

January 9: Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids with Stacie Bowman

Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids begins on January 9 at 4:00pm. First class is Free!

In this new program, kids will learn traditional Chinese martial practices from the three Kung Fu disciplines of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan in a fun, accessible way for kids ages 5-12.

This program combines our Yang Style Tai Chi and Wudang Kung Fu practices. These practices include meditation and mindfulness strategies to develop self-control and improve mind-body awareness. The dual focus on physical skills and mindfulness offers kids a safe and fun way to stay healthy – physically, and mentally.

Email chris@greatbaytaichima.com for more information or to register; or click the link below for a full description!

January 9: Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie Bowman

Tai Chi for Beginners begins on January 9 at 5:30pm and runs for 8 weeks.

Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm

January 9 – March 5

(No class on 2/20)

at Internal Arts New England

(102 Bridge Road in Salisbury).

Stacie Bowman will lead this series introducing the fundamentals of Tai Chi for new students. The focus will be on learning the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first section of the Yang Style Short Form.

January 10: 8-week Series on Tai Chi Ball Practice with Chris Himmel and Pam Jacobson

Chris Himmel and Pam Jacobson will offer an 8-week series on Tai Chi Ball practice. This series will allow for in-depth instruction in the basic Tai Chi Ball Qigong patterns and the Tai Chi Ball Form created by Paul Mahoney. Wooden ball practice is a great way to enhance your barehand form. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at Internal Arts New England beginning January 10.

January 13: Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion with Pam Jacobson and Effie Stavrulaki

On Saturday, January 13, please join Pam Jacobson and Effie Stavrulaki of North Shore Insight Meditation Center as they continue to explore Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion. The focus of this workshop will be on Peace and Loving Kindness. This seminar will take place at 10:30am at Internal Arts New England. 

January 27: Compassion and Wisdom Retreat with Matthew Daniell

On Saturday, January 27, Matthew Daniell of North Shore Insight Meditation Center returns to Internal Arts New England for a retreat focusing on Compassion and Wisdom. This workshop will take place at 10:30am. 

January 28: Doyle Style Irish Stick Fighting with Jim Poulin

On January 28 at 10:00am Jim Poulin will offer a seminar on Doyle Style Irish Stick Fighting. This art uses a walking stick (Shillelagh) for self defense. Jim is the only instructor of this art in the area. Don’t miss this great opportunity to try this fun and effective self defense method! 

February 10: Lunar New Year Community Celebration

Save the Date:
Saturday, February 10 is

Lunar New Year and we are currently working on plans for a community celebration. Please mark you calendars and we will get the details to you as soon as possible.

So much to look forward to in the weeks ahead! We hope you have safe and happy holidays and can’t wait to see you in class or at any of the events listed above.

Happy Practicing!

Upcoming Seminars and Events! Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids!

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

We had a great anniversary celebration on November 18. Many thanks to those who came. If you didn’t get the chance to check out Newman Chiropractic, The Access Clinic, Stacie’s Reiki, or The Bluebird Performance Venue, please do follow up with them. We are very grateful to be part of such a great community of practitioners.

Dit Da Jow Healing Liniment for Sale

At the Wellness Fair, we made a couple of exciting announcements that we wanted to share with all of you. The first is that we are now offering Dit Da Jow healing liniment for sale. This herbal compound is great for treating bruises and muscle pains. Chris is making this formula in house with professionally prepared ingredients to ensure the best results. We have 30mL bottles for $10 and 100mL bottles for $30. Chris, Pam, and Stacie have all been using it regularly for a couple months. Feel free to ask them directly about their results.

January 9: Tai Chi Kung Fu Classes for Kids with Stacie

Our second big announcement is that beginning in January, Stacie will be offering Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids on Tuesdays at 4:00pm. Chris and Stacie have been working hard to put a program together that will combine our Yang Style Tai Chi and Wudang Kung Fu practices together in a fun, accessible program for kids ages 5-12. This will be a great option for kids who maybe aren’t as interested in the more common kids’ Karate programs or team sports. The dual focus on physical skills and mindfulness offers kids a safe and fun way to stay healthy – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Anyone interested should email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

Here are the other things coming up that you should know about:

December 1 - 7: No Martial Movement

There will be no Martial Movement classes December 1 – December 7

December 2: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones & Short Form Refinements Seminar with Chris

Ted Jones will return to Internal Arts New England on December 2 for A Morning of Insight Meditation 10:30am-1:00pm.

Also on December 2, at 2:00pm Chris will offer a seminar on refining the 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who know the form and are ready for some of the deeper details to take their practice to the next level. Only 4 spots left!

December 5: Iaido Classes with Justin Kosuk

Iaido is coming to Internal Arts New England! The Japanese art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning the sword to the scabbard is both a physical and meditation practice. Justin Kosuk of Boston Iaido will begin holding classes in Salisbury on December 5. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm. These classes are not part of the Great Bay Tai Chi membership, but will be a great complement to your practice. If you are interested please email Justin at tenken764@gmail.com.

December 16: Matching Set Seminar with Paul, Chris, and Austin in Lebanon, NH

On December 16 at 2:00pm Paul, Chris, and Austin will be teaching a 90-minute seminar on the Matching Set at the Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon, NH. The cost to attend is $30. For more information or to register, please email info@greatbaytaichivt.com.

December 26: Holiday Stress Relief Pop-Up Class with Pam

Pam is planning to offer another Holiday Stress Relief Pop-Up class on December 26. More details on this to follow.

And coming in 2024...

January 3: Tai Chi Ball Practice 7 Week Series with Chris

Chris will offer a 7-week series on Tai Chi Ball practice. This series will allow for in-depth instruction in the basic Tai Chi Ball Qigong patterns and the Tai Chi Ball Form created by Paul Mahoney. Wooden ball practice is a great way to enhance your barehand form. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at Internal Arts New England beginning January 3.

January 5: Yang Style Matching Set 7 Week Series with Chris

Chris will also be offering a 7-week series on the Yang Style Matching Set. This 2-person form is a fun way to work with a partner and get an understanding of Tai Chi Martial Applications. This series will focus on Parts 1&2 of the form. Experienced students can refine a side they already know, or work on learning their second side. Classes will meet on Fridays at 11:00am at Internal Arts New England beginning on January 5.

January 7: Yin Style Bagua Seminar with Michael D'Angelo

Michael D’Angelo returns to Internal Arts New England for a seminar on Yin Style Bagua on January 7, 10:00am-12:00pm. Yin Style is a different flavor of the Baguazhang we teach in our Wudang Kung Fu class. Those who participated the last time Michael joined us all had great fun and had new ideas regarding the martial applications of the art.

Register Here!

January 9: Tai Chi Kung Fu Classes for Kids and Tai Chi for Beginners, both with Stacie

Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids begins on January 9 at 4:00pm. First class is Free! Email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com for more information or to register!

Tai Chi for Beginners begins on January 9 at 5:30pm and runs for 8 weeks. 

January 28: Doyle Style Irish Stick Fighting with Jim Poulin

On January 28 at 10:00am Jim Poulin will offer a seminar on Doyle Style Irish Stick Fighting. This art uses a walking stick (Shillelagh) for self defense. Jim is the only instructor of this art in the area. Don’t miss this great opportunity to try this fun and effective self defense method! 

So much is happening in the coming weeks and months! We look forward to seeing you in class and at the seminars and events listed above.

Happy Practicing!

New! Kids Tai Chi Kung Fu Classes Beginning January 9th!

January 9: Kids Tai Chi Kung Fu Classes

First Class is Free!

Tuesdays 
4:00-5:00 pm
The cost is $50 per month for one child. Additional siblings are half-price.

In this new program, kids will learn traditional Chinese martial practices from the three Kung Fu disciplines of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan.

These practices include meditation and mindfulness strategies to develop self-control and improve mind-body awareness.

Students will succeed in a fun, supportive, non-competitive environment. We are not a rank-based school; there are no belts. Children advance through the curriculum at their own pace.

•Learn the fundamentals of Taijiquan’s relaxation and softness

•Baguazhang’s agile footwork and twisting action

•Xingyiquan’s stability and driving power

•Martial applications from all 3 disciplines

No uniform is required. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is highly recommended. Indoor shoes or socks, no outdoor shoes.

Classes will meet on Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm beginning January 9. The cost is $50 per month for one child. Additional siblings are half-price.

To register call  Chris at 978-857-5840 or email chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

 

December Seminars and New Classes

December 2: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones

Ted Jones will return to Internal Arts New England on December 2 for A Morning of Insight Meditation 10:30am-1:00pm. 
 

Ted Jones of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will lead A Morning of Insight Meditation at Internal Arts New England.

Meditation can be understood as the art of bringing full, conscious attention to the present moment, just as it is. In this program, this practice of Insight meditation will be presented in a silent retreat format where we will calm the mind through attention to the sensations of breath and movement. Meditation periods will be guided with instructions, and there will be ample time reserved for questions and discussion. Open to both beginners and experienced meditators.

December 2: Short Form Refinements with Chris

Also on December 2, at 2:00pm Chris will offer a seminar on refining the 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who know the form and are ready for some of the deeper details to take their practice to the next level. 

December 5: Iaido Classes with Justin Kosuk

Iaido is coming to Internal Arts New England! The Japanese art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning the sword to the scabbard is both a physical and meditation practice. Justin Kosuk of Boston Iaido will begin holding classes in Salisbury on December 5. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm. These classes are not part of the Great Bay Tai Chi membership, but will be a great complement to your practice. For more information or to register please email chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

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Photo © Boston Iaido

December 16: Matching Set Seminar with Paul, Chris & Austin

On December 16 at 2:00pm Paul, Chris, and Austin will be teaching a 90-minute seminar on the Matching Set at the Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon, NH. The cost to attend is $30. For more information or to register, please email info@greatbaytaichivt.com.
 
Photo taken at Great Bay Tai Chi’s Annual Retreat 2023

December 26: Holiday Stress Relief Pop-Up Class with Pam

Pam is planning to offer another Holiday Stress Relief Pop-Up class on December 26. More details on this to follow.

Latest Tai Chi News & Updates

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community,

 It’s been a busy start to the Fall season at Great Bay Tai Chi. We hope you are enjoying our various offerings.
 
Here is your Tai Chi news for today:
If you haven’t already heard – one week ago Betsy, Stacie, and Pam competed in the Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational. They did us all proud and brought home 1 Bronze and 5 Gold Medals! Their performances were outstanding and it was great to see the Great Bay Tai Chi cheering section come out in support! All three competitors have made sure to express their gratitude to our whole community for being part of their training and preparation.
 
In other news:

November 18: Wellness Expo and One-Year Anniversary & No Class in Hamilton

On Saturday November 18, we will host our Wellness Expo at Internal Arts New England. This event doubles as our one-year anniversary celebration of having opened that location. Please come by between 12:00 and 2:00 and visit, have some refreshments, and meet some other wellness practitioners in the area. We will have a group Qigong practice at 1:00. We hope to see you there!
Also on November 18, there will be no classes in Hamilton due to an event taking place at The Community House.

November 23: Free Thanksgiving Day Pop-Up Class with Pam

On Thanksgiving Day (November 23) Pam is offering a free pop-up class at 9:00am at Internal Arts New England. This is open to current students who could use an hour of relaxation and stress relief before the craziness of the holiday really gets going. Please feel free to join her for form practice and qigong.

December 2: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones & 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form Refinements with Chris

Ted Jones will return to Internal Arts New England on December 2 for A Morning of Insight Meditation 10:30am-1:00pm.
Also on December 2, at 2:00pm Chris will offer a seminar on refining the 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who know most or all of the form and are ready for some of the deeper details to take their practice to the next level. 

December 5: Iaido Classes Begin

Iaido is coming to Internal Arts New England! The Japanese art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning the sword to the scabbard is both a physical and meditation practice. Justin Kosuk of Boston Iaido will begin holding classes in Salisbury on December 5. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm. These classes are not part of the Great Bay Tai Chi membership, but will be a great complement to your practice.

December 16: Matching Set Seminar with Paul, Chris, and Austin

On December 16 at 2:00pm Paul, Chris, and Austin will be teaching a 90-minute seminar on the Matching Set at the Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon, NH. The cost to attend is $30. For more information or to register, please email info@greatbaytaichivt.com.

Last call for Tai Chi Ball orders!

Don’t forget that Tai Chi Ball orders are due this week. The pricing chart and order form are on the counter at Internal Arts New England. Cash and check payments can be turned in at the studio.

January 2024

Further ahead:
We are already making plans for January! 
-Michael D’Angelo will return for another seminar on Yin Style Baguazhang.
-Chris will run special series on Tai Chi Ball and on the Matching Set.
-Three options for Tai Chi for Beginners in Hampton, Salisbury, and Newburyport.
That’s all your Tai Chi news for now. We look forward to seeing you in class or at the events listed above.
 
Happy Practicing!